Archives: July 2005

Mini review: The Radioactive Boy Scout

The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein In 1997, teenage Boy Scout David Hahn, who had been engaging in home-brewed science experiments for years in his parent’s backyard in Detroit, Michigan, built himself a functioning model nuclear reactor in his mother’s garden

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The Aristocrats Joke

I’m posting this so I can peruse it from home… Dead Frog features what has been described by the New York Times as “The Greatest Dirty Joke Ever Told” – The Aristocrats. Inspired by the forthcoming film from Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette which features 100 comics talking about and telling their versions of the

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Hucklebuck

One of my cats is named Huckleberry, but I frequently shorten his name or call him some variation on that, like Huck, or Hucklebuck. I had no idea that hucklebuck is a word that other people use, though. Today I happened to be reading about the Flickr photo of Shaving Cream that was mysteriously changing

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King Kong – Retro Style

Stephanie and I are going to see King Kong (the classic 1933 Fay Wray/Empire State building version, not the 1970s Jessica Lange/Twin Towers/so bad it’s funny version) on the terrace at the Indianapolis Museum of Art this Friday evening. I’m taking advantage of my summer hours program to go early and stake out a spot,

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Mini Reviews

I’ve been meaning to write reviews for all these things for a while, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time. So here are my mini reviews, because I can’t seem to keep up with everything. All the President’s Men I watched this movie for the first time this past weekend, and it was

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Cool Blue Photos

Really cool photography featuring the color blue. Also, 24 different ways to lace your shoes. Something I need: How to learn from you mistakes. And last but not least, Signs of Religion in the American South. Scroll down a bit and see the link to an interesting slide show of religious based church and business

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‘Cultural Generations’ via wikipedia

via wikipedia, Cultural generations , i.e., “Baby Boomer” and “Generation X.” Generation X: Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born after the Western Post–World War II baby boom. Demographers, historians and commentators use beginning birth dates from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. The term was popularized by Douglas Coupland’s

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Homophobia in the News

Gay teenager forced by parents to go into a “sexual re-orientation” camp to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Nevermind that all licensed, legitimate psychological and psychiatric professionals say it isn’t possible to change sexual orientation because it isn’t a disease. Read Salon’s four part expose on these “ex-gay” camps. The New York Pizza Depot in

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Martha Stewart

Martha has just wrapped up filming of her “Apprentice” reality TV show, which will probably air in the fall. That makes me really sad, actually, and I think going for this kind of a show was a bad move on her part. It will cement her image in people’s minds as a wealthy executive, and

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Editor and Publisher’s take on Rove Scandal

Reporter Malpractice, Texas Hold-em & the Plame Game. Exactly. That’s what I was trying to write, except that I couldn’t sort out my thoughts on it adequately. When Bob Whitehouse dropped Plame’s identity on Miller, he immediately breached his contract with her. An agreement of confidentiality binds both parties, not just the reporter. When the

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Harry Potter book covers from different countries

The New York Times has a slideshow of the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince around the world, and when you view it, it becomes apparent that different countries have quite different book covers for the book. The Australian cover is the one we found online the other day at a rumor

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Cult of the Giant Teapot

A group of people in Malaysia belonging the the Sky Kingdom religion sect reported that their giant teapot, which they built to symbolize the importance of the healing purity of water, was attacked by a Muslim group who were upset at the number of converts they were losing.

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Indy Star’s InTouch “Blogs” Censorship

I recently posted a comment to an “blog” post on the Indy Star’s INTouch page, and they have refused to post the comment to the entry in question. Here’s the entry by Kevin Bain, regarding “attacking” Christians. Unfortunately, I didn’t save a personal copy of my comments, but I promise, I was very tame. I

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I have glue in my hair

I had two health appointments last night and this morning: my follow-up sleep study to see how well I’m doing on my CPAP machine, and my follow-up cardiologist appointment to see how I’m doing after my surgery. I didn’t manage to get all the glue washed out of my hair from the electrodes that were

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Choosing the right cookware

Stephanie and I have had several discussions lately about cookware, including one with her dad, who’s an engineer and who has tried cookware made from several different materials. Make Magazine posted this interesting article on cookware materials from an engineering perspective. About halfway down the page are charts comparing the various materials. I didn’t have

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Refurbishing an Old Gas Grill

Having just finished (or almost finished) this task, I’m infinitely qualified to give advice on the subject. So here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get the most out of an old gas grill: 1. Throw the old gas grill in the back of your truck. 2. Drive to the local landfill. 3. Give the

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I finished reading the new Harry Potter book last night. Throughout the book I had a notion in my head of the answers to two of the mysteries; who the half-blood prince is, and who dies in the book (don’t yell at me about spoilers; the death is commonly known!).

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Make your own wind turbine

An article on how to create your own wind turbine — two years ago, I was searching the web to find plans to make one of these. I don’t know why; I just though it would be a cool thing to learn about. Don’t know that I’d ever actually attempt to make one myself.

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London bombing the result of Bush Admin info leak

Two years ago, a man named Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan was captured by Pakistani authorities. He was an Al Qaeda operative responsible for planning an attack on the London Underground and other attacks. On his laptop, which was recovered by intelligence officials, he had information about the plans, and about Al Qaeda operatives in London.

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Father kills 3-year old son because he thinks child is gay

In Tampa, Florida, the 21-year old father of a small boy went on trial this week for killing his son, whom he was boxing with because he thought the boy was gay. Even though the boy would shake and wet himself, his father, Ronnie Paris Jr., would box with the 3-year-old, slapping him in the

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Over 100 Quick and Easy Healthy Foods

I’ll have to take a look at this site later. Stephanie and I have been trying to build our regular cooking menu with things that are easy to prepare and healthy. Because we don’t live together yet, we have an extra time-crunch due to traveling back and forth from one house to another, so we

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blog for city-wide games

I’m going to have to look at this site in more detail later — it’s a site based in New York City that holds city-wide games, such as capture the flag, and man hunt. Sounds like fun. I know there’s a site like it in San Francisco, because Ernie from Little Yellow Different particpated at

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Stuff on My Cat

None of my cats would sit still long enough to put stuff on them. And I’m sure some of these pictures are photoshopped. Just make sure you don’t put too much stuff on your cat, or your cat could become one of these. Ya know, people pick tan carpet all the time because they think

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‘Human-brained’ monkeys

SCIENTISTS have been warned that their latest experiments may accidently produce monkeys with brains more human than animal. In cutting-edge experiments, scientists have injected human brain cells into monkey fetuses to study the effects. Critics argue that if these fetuses are allowed to develop into self-aware subjects, science will be thrown into an ethical nightmare.

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Age Maps

Bobby Neel Adams has an interesting photography project: “Two photographs of the same person, from different periods of time (child and adult) are spliced together.” I can’t truly recreate the effect of their project for myself without a lot more work, but the idea of two different pictures from completely different ages is interesting. 2019

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Weekend Update 2005-07-11

We received a company e-mail this morning to tell us that one of our company’s employees from their London offices has been missing since Thursday’s attack. That’s very distressing news. I was discussing in an e-mail with my sister, who lives with her husband in a town outside London, the terrorist’s choice of targets. They’re

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Painter of Dark

Not only does Lewis Barrett paint cool gothic style pictures that look like Thomas Kinkade’s nighmares, he does them on commission and will paint pictures of the house of your choice. Hmmmmm.

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Long-delayed t-shirt blogging

I started out with such great intentions. I was so determined. I as going to take a picture every day, and blog it right away. How quickly I got sidetracked. Curse you, real life! How dare you get in the way of my silly website projects? Well, anyway, here’s the catch-up… see the main photo

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National Guard?

Call me crazy, but I’d feel more secure if our national guard were actually here, guarding our nation, and not in some other country fighting people who had nothing to do with the Al Qaeda who are obviously active and busy. And as several security agents pointed out this morning on TV, these attacks had

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The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza

By Billy Reisinger, The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza is a great tutorial on doing it yourself, and although I made pizza from scratch for years in my mother’s kitchen, this is an excellent refresher course and covers detail (such as moisture levels in cheese) I’d never thought of before.

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GPS Tagging photos

I’m really going to have to do this with my Big Things photos… tagging pictures with GPS coordinates. Sigh. So much to do; so little time.

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Roomba News

A couple links for my girlfriend, who has one of these clever little vacuums. New Roomba Scheduler lets you upgrade your current Roomba! The iRobot Scheduler is a complete scheduling system that can be used with any of our current Roomba productsProgram the days and times and Roomba will clean when you’re not at home,

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Gap Clothes and Saipan Slave Labor, courtesy of Tom Delay

The island of Saipan is part of a U.S. Commonwealth, located in the Pacific, near Guam and the Philipines. Because of this, clothes made there can carry the “Made in the U.S.A” label, although that’s just a technicality. These clothes can also come into the U.S. tariff-free and quota-free, to highly profitable U.S. markets. What

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Happy 4th of July!!!

“You can support the troops but not the president” -Representative Tom Delay (R-TX) “[The] President…is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation’s armed forces

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Vivid Dreams

The first dream I had was about a house that I owned with my brothers. We were renting it out to a friend of mine, and I found out that he had a dog, which was okay, but he was keeping it in the crawlspace beneath the house, which was not okay. So the whole

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Stranger Things Happen

I’ve had the Kelly Link short story collection “Stranger Things Happen” on my to-buy list for quite some time, and for one reason or another have never gotten around to purchasing it. Now she’s written another short story collection (Magic for Beginners), and to help promote it, has made the previous book available for free

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Stephanie’s Feeling Well

Stephanie had her surgery today and everything went fine. The surgeon removed two lumps from her breast, and she came out okay and is home now recovering. She’ll be home tomorrow taking it easy and relaxing, as recommended by the doctor.

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